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Board Games at the Bear, 10 April 2021 26 April 2022

Missed the March meeting because I was at Airecon…

The horrible soulless housing development round the back of central Maidenhead has one slightly redeeming feature:

Yeah, it's not much, but when the rest is concrete and glass…

Anyway, we started with Shamans – someone else's copy with which they weren't entirely familiar, so I snabbled my work-in-progress rules notes over the VPN from home to help teach (because the official manual is a bit… rough when you're trying to pick up the game quickly).

On to The Quacks of Quedlinburg, with my new shiny 3d-printed component cases for near-instant setup (as long as none of the card tops has got loose in the box, ahem). No expansions because it was a first game for one player and another hadn't played in a while, but I did have the 6-orange tokens and the extra fortune teller cards in play.

Then Subastral, an essentially abstract game of set collection with some cunning restrictions on what you can pick up when. Designed by Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle, of Fleet and Three Sisters fame. I'm not going to rush out and buy a copy but it was definitely worth a look.

Camel Up (Second Edition), the first time I'd seen this new version. The dice pyramid is now plastic (more reliable, but plastic); there are two "mad" camels that race backwards and can carry other racers with them; but it's basically the same game (though the plastic camel pieces are unpleasant to the touch). Good fun with enough luck that one can blame it when one loses.

And finally Quest, Don Eskridge's latest iteration on the Resistance/Avalon system. It's touted as a revolutionary new game, but it felt to me more like The Resistance's Greatest Hits, a bit taken from this expansion and another bit taken from that. Not bad, but I'd be happier playing The Resistance again.

[Buy Shamans at Amazon] [Buy The Quacks of Quedlinburg at Amazon] [Buy Camel Up Second Edition at Amazon] and help support the blog.

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